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Q: Finding a Belgium Source for pottery found in the US ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Finding a Belgium Source for pottery found in the US
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: sorcerer2007-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 30 Jul 2006 23:04 PDT
Expires: 29 Aug 2006 23:04 PDT
Question ID: 751019
I need the source of the pottery on this page which is reported by the
retailer to be from Belgium.

It is reported to be a special form of fired red clay.

I need contact information, an email address and phone, for either a
distributor who works with the artist or the studio or artist
themselves. Preferrably both sources in case one doesn't pan out. 

I can provide a PDF of these pictures upon request.

Request for Question Clarification by czh-ga on 31 Jul 2006 01:55 PDT
Hello sorcerer2007-ga,

Have you asked Roger?s Gardens for information about the manufacturer
of these pieces? What did they tell you?

My research leads me to believe that these pottery pieces don?t come
from Belgium despite the description on the Roger?s Gardens website
stating that they?re red clay from Belgium. My research shows that at
least some of these pieces are reproductions of English designs. I?ve
located some vendors that sell both antique and reproduction versions
of pieces that are very similar. Some may even be the same. I?ve also
located some sources that sell similar designs from US manufacturers /
distributors. Would this meet your needs?

I look forward to your clarification.

~ czh ~
Subject: Re: Finding a Belgium Source for pottery found in the US
Answered By: czh-ga on 31 Jul 2006 05:12 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello again sorcerer2007-ga,

I have found a distributor who carries this line of terra cotta
antique reproductions. They have multiple locations in the US,
including one in Los Angeles.
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue
Suite B315
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tel: 310.358.8787
Fax: 310.358.9393
Urns and Vases
 -- Valentina (same as Round Basket Urn at Roger?s Gardens)
 -- Bacchus Urn 
 -- Buckingham Urn and Pedestal 
 -- Ram?s Head Urn and Pedestal 
 -- Leo Vase (not shown on Roger?s Gardens site)
(Note: Big Stanley with Pedestal and Blashfield Urn not offered on
Greystone website.)

As I said in my clarification request, I believe that these pieces are
reproductions of English designs. The names (Blashfield, Buckingham,
Stanley) indicated English origins and my search results confirm this.

Doing an image search for Blashfield urns found urns that are very
similar to some of the ones in the Roger?s Gardens collection.

The links to showed the exact same urns as the
ones you?re looking for and led me to finding Greystone.

The other links that showed Blashfield, Buckingham, Stanley, Bacchus
and Ram?s Head urns helped me confirm that the designs originated in
England. The three links below kept coming up and helped me to find
additional sources for garden ornaments that look like the models for
the Roger?s Gardens urns. They also led me to J. M. Blashfield who
developed an artificial stone or terra cotta that he used for his
garden ornaments. These have become quite valuable. The English
sources I found offer antiques as well as reproductions.

I also found some additional European and American manufacturers of
terra cotta garden ornaments in my quest to try to find the Belgian
maker of the products you?re looking for. I?m listing them in case you
might be interested in alternative product offering.

I trust that the links I?ve found will be useful. Please don?t
hesitate to ask for further clarification if any of the material I?ve
found is lacking.

Wishing you well for your project.

~ czh ~

Art in the Garden

If carved marble is out of your price range, 19th-century stoneware is
rising in value and popularity, but still available at reasonable
prices. John Marriott Blashfield specialised in making artificial
stoneware. His first manufactory was in Millwall, and his showroom in
the Edgware Road, London, but he later moved to Stamford, Lincolnshire
to be near the clay beds. His 'Terra Cotta' was used in the
architecture of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His wares are often
clearly stamped 'JM Blashfield' or 'Blashfield Patent Pottery', and
prime specimens of planters and troughs go for around the £2,000 mark
at auction. A 19th-century Blashfield urn is offered by Jardinique, a
specialist dealer in Hampshire, for £2,900.

John Marriott Blashfield [Architectural terracotta and garden ornament] 

John Marriott Blashfield began experimenting with terracotta in 1848
and was inspired to continue by the exhibits he saw at the Great
Exhibition in 1851 at the Crystal Palace, London. The Art Journal of
1856 stated that Blashfield "has carried this art [terracotta] beyond
his competitors, and has achieved much that gives it the high
character it may be made universally to assume." Architectural
terracotta enjoyed a revival in interest in this period and Blashfield
became one of its leading producers from the 1850s until his death in
1882, exporting to India, New Zealand and Australia.

Paul Martin Architectural Ceramics

We specialise in recreating the classical beauty of late 18th and
early 19th Century period garden ornaments, faithfully reproduced in
composition stone and terracotta, with painstaking attention to detail
and the same spirit of enthusiasm that created the originals. We
research the origins and history of each piece and take particular
care in faithful colour reproduction. We have supplied some of the
most elegant and illustrious hotels and houses throughout the world.

TEL: +44 (0) 1752 691543 TEL/FAX: +44 (0) 1752 893644
to e-mail us click here:
Blashfield, French Lion, Basket-Weave Trough, etc.

Architectural Heritage
We supply Antiques for the garden and home, landscape designs and
interior design ideas incorporating both antique and reproduction
Garden Ornament, Fireplaces, Chimneypieces and Panelling.
Garden Ornaments
Antique and reproduction Urns and Obelisks
Reproduction Finials
Please email us if you would like to receive a brochure on our range
of Reproduction Garden Ornament, Chimneypieces or Bespoke Panelling,
or wish to receive further information on a particular Antique or
Reproduction piece that you have seen on our website.
Contact: Mr Alex Puddy Address: Architectural Heritage
Taddington Manor
Nr. Cutsdean
GL54 5RY 
England Telephone: +44 (0) 1386 584 414 Fax: +44 (0) 1386 584 236
Email: Web:

A Pair of Basket Weave Planters
Round Basket Urn

Antique and Quality Handmade Garden Items
Old Park Farm, Abbey Road, Beech, Alton, Hampshire, 
GU34 4AP, United Kingdom
Tel: 01420 560055

Jardinique is a specialist outlet offering the best in Garden &
Architectural Antiques and Garden Reclamation together with garden
ornament. The antique stock dates as far back as the 17th century and
the contemporary items have all been selected for their high standard
of quality. Our range of stock, being one of the most comprehensive in
the United Kingdom, includes both decorative and utilitarian garden
items such as garden sculpture, sundials, urns, troughs, jardinaire,
planters, plant stands, ornaments, statuary, figures, animals,
fountains, birdbaths, hand tools and gardenalia.

Tor Stone
Under the mystical shadow of Glastonbury Tor lies Tor Stone.
Established as one the leading designers and manufacturers of quality
garden stonework, our range of decorative stonework caters for every
outdoor requirement.
See Buckingham Urn and Pedestal among others

The Cutting Edge Collection
'The Secret Courtyard' Hillier Garden Centre
London Road (A30), Windlesham, Surrey, GU20 6LQ
Tel / Fax: +44 (0)1252 835735
The Stanley Urn     
The Blashfield Vase

Via di Cappello, 26/4
50023 Impruneta - Firenze
Ph.+39 (0)55 2011013
+39 (0)55 2011606
Fax +39 (0)55 2313210
Products -- Terracotta decorated items
 -- Pots
 -- Boxes
 -- Lavabos and fountains
 -- Urns
 -- Amphorae and columns
 -- Bowls and footed bowls
 -- Statues

Seibert & Rice is the leading American importer of handmade terracotta
planters and urns from Impruneta, Italy.

The Garden Gate
5112 Morningside Drive
Houston, Texas 77005

The Garden Gate opened in 1992 to be an all encompassing source of
imported  and domestic reproduction and antique garden ornamentation. 
Located in the Rice village area, the shop is on the site of the first
garden shop in Houston and has expanded to a city block of unusual and
often exclusive merchandise.  Consider The Garden Gate your single
resource for garden ornamentation: urns, pots, jardinières, tubs,
statuary, benches, wirework furniture, fountains, gifts and unusual
plants topiaries and herbs.


Belgium terra cotta, reproduction urns
Blashfield  terra cotta
Blashfield  OR buckingham OR stanley urns
"composition clay"  Belgium
"Paul Martin" "Architectural Ceramics"

Request for Answer Clarification by sorcerer2007-ga on 05 Aug 2006 07:57 PDT
Yes, I did try to get more information about the sources from Rogers
but they continued to insist it was from a small shop in Belgium - so
not much help there. It does appear that the story about the Belgium
source is mostly just promotional hype.

The Cutting Edge information seems to be the most promising since I
want to acquire the red clay versions of the items and all others
don't appear to be made with that material.

It's unfortunate that we cannot find these in the US anywhere. The
cost for shipping and the time frame both would be much more
tolerable.Greystone doesn't seem to have the exact item that I want. I
have made inquiry to Cutting Edge on price and availability.

Request for Answer Clarification by sorcerer2007-ga on 05 Aug 2006 08:02 PDT
If you can find a source for these other than Rogers Gardens in the US
I would double the fee.

They would have to be the exact duplicates of the Cutting Edge
versions or Roger's Garden Versions - that is, the red clay
composition of the Blashfield Vase and the Big Stanley Urn.

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 05 Aug 2006 15:32 PDT
Hello sorcerer2007-ga,

This was a very intriguing and ultimately frustrating search. I've
tried everything I could think of to find the manufacturer of the urns
you're looking for. I have a couple of additional ideas and I'll post
a comment if I find anything. You might also post a new question after
you've gotten an answer from the vendors I've listed.

Please post again if you find a source. I would love to know where
those urns come from.

All the best.

~ czh ~

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 05 Aug 2006 20:28 PDT
Hello again sorcerer2007-ga,

This question has stuck with me and I?ve done some additional
research. I?ve identified some Belgian antique dealers that carry urns
that are similar to the ones you?re looking for. I?ve also identified
some organizations of Belgian antique dealers that might be able to
help you find the maker/distributor of the terra cotta urns. I?m also
exploring some avenues for finding additional US distributors for
these urns.

I suggest that if you think this information would be useful that you
post a $2 question to my attention and then pay me what you think the
answer is worth.

I look forward to your response.

~ czh ~
sorcerer2007-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Very thorough research to not only find the item but help to fill in
the history of the items I'm looking for. it appears this is a very
rare item not available in the US.

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